In the "In Case You Were Wondering" Department, this post is primarily for the benefit of my mother, so that when she's traveling next week she can have easy access to this information:
According to the Mayo Clinic, someone with a scaphoid fracture may think the wrist is
just sprained, because there is usually no obvious deformity and little swelling. Which is what I thought. For the better part of a year. Oops. And then, e-radiography.net postulates that it’s a common injury in sports and motor vehicle accidents. The angle at which the wrist hits the ground determines the injury. If the wrist is bent at a 90-degree angle or greater, the scapoid bone will break; if the angle is less than 90 degrees, the lower arm bone (radius) will break. Me? I was trying to save a shot from going into the goal and was standing up. No falling involved. Again, oops.
While this is not my X-Ray, the scaphoid is outlined in blue, and my fracture is the green line (roughly) and is of the non-union sort. Hence, my need to post this information so Mom can access information about my doctor (sorry the link didn't work, so I took a screen capture of the information from my browser. Please click the picture to make it larger and more readable. The part that is cutoff at the bottom reads: Basis of Licensure - National Board) and the hospital where I'm getting surgery at while she is abroad. The Doc will be putting a screw and perhaps a pin or two into my wrist next week to get the fracture to heal.
And really, I'm okay with this. You know why? Because the same thing happened to David Beckham. And he came back from it. Totally fine. The only thing I'm slightly cheesed about is that he was only "in plaster" for 6-8 weeks, whereas apparently I will be casted for approximately 3-6 months. For Reals. That kinda sucks.
- PDX Pup (Of course I could have g-mailed all this to her, but then I wouldn't get to use photos or compare myself to David Beckham.)
P.S. In re-reading the information from the Mayo Clinic and e-radiography, I can now officially say I've had the pleasure of breaking my arm both ways: 90-degree and greater angle resulted in the current wrist break, and less than 90-degree resulting in a distal radius fracture in the 4th grade. Damn you Skate Plaza Cd'A! (Shakes fist!)